Lot 294: Du Maurier, Daphne


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Lot 294: Du Maurier Daphne: (1907-1989) British Author. T.L.S., Daphne, Four Pages, 8Vo, Menabilly, 6Th September N.Y (1960), To [Foy Quiller-Couch]. Du Maurier Notes, At The Head Of The First Page, 'Run Out Of Note-Paper. Excuse This Odd Scrap…..', The First Page Being A Sheet Of Buckingham Palace Notepaper Issued For Use By Her Husband, Frederick Browning, And The Second Being A Sheet Of Scrap Paper With An Irregularly Torn Left Edge. Du Maurier Commences Her Letter 'Listen, You Were Doing Very Well When I Arrived In The Fox'S Car. I Heard You Quote Plato, And Was Much Impressed, But I Felt That Mrs Singer'S Nearness And The Beaming Gaze She Fixed Upon You May Have Proved Embarrassing. Then Someone, A School Master I Think, Called You An €Œexile‌ And Soon Afterwards We Drove Away, As I Had To Rush Back To A Guest Who Had Arrived By Riviera. But I Still Think The Plaque Is Too Big, And Will Cause Accidents. Incidentally, What Is This Horrid News About The Crests Off Your Father'S Memorial Stone Having Been Wrenched Off And Removed By Some Vandal?' She Further Writes Of Having Visited Woodgate Creek With Her Husband ('Guardsman') Commenting 'Viaduct Path & Stream Itself Quite Overgrown. Woodgate'S Creek And Lonely Swans And Lonely Cottage With Orchard Behind Much More My Idea Of A Trysting And A Hiding-Place, But Would It Have Been Part Of Penquite Land And Perhaps Inhabited By A Keeper In The Last Century, Or Even In Our Young Days? We Were Rather Intrigued To Learn, From A Holiday-Maker Camping In The Cottage, That All The Woodgate Woods And Hills And I Think Lantyan Woods Too, Belong To A Lady €Œup Woking Way‌. Who Could She Be? Guardsman Felt All That Woodgate Valley, And The Deserted Orchards, Had Atmosphere Of Great Antiquity, As Tho' Much Cultivated Centuries Ago, And I Agree, But Perhaps If It Was Penquite Land Once That Would Account For It' And Further Referring To Research Into Her Current Work, 'It Has Struck Me That If The Novel Castle Dor Is Roughly Assumed To Be About The 1860'S - Which Dialogue, Etc, Harmonises With Well, - Was China Clay At The Jetties Thriving Then? I Gather The Lostwithiel-Fowey Branch Line Did Not Appear Till About The Turn Of The Century, But I Imagine Ships Loaded Just As They Do Now. The Allusion To €Œrailway‌ Embankment Could Come Out, When Ledru Goes Up River In A Boat. Its Great Fun Pottering Through The M.S. And Roughing In Scraps Of Dialogue To Insert Between Carfax And Ledru Where I Find Your Father Not Explicit Enough About The Tristan Story - He Assumes The Reader Will Understand Every Allusion Which I Fear They Won'T. Also Molly And Johnny'S Conversations Rather Detract From Story, Which Instead Of Meandering Around The Bosanko Family Should Begin To Quicken At This Point, With Rather Sinister Similarities To Tristan Story Happenings Suddenly Beginning To Strike Doctor Carfax. Invention Will Have To Start With Chapter Xxiii, And Instead Of Carfax By The Town Hall, And The Declaration Of War For 1914, We Might Have Carfax At His Home (Obviously The Haven) & Mark Lewarne Coming To Him For Advice About Linnet Of Whom He Is Already Suspicious - Meanwhile Amyot Is Hiding At Woodgate Creek, & Linnet Has Sworn The Two Children To Secrecy. Scene Now Set For Lovers Hiding In Woods Just As T And Iseult Hid In Forest Of Moresque As They Did In Oldest Legend. Will Get Tregantil Into It Somehow. Everyone Is Drawn Into The Business Despite Themselves, Somehow Against Their Will So That There Is A Sort Of Feeling Of Fate About The Whole Thing'. Accompanied By The Original Envelope. About Vg Foy Quiller-Couch - Daughter Of British Writer Arthur Quiller-Couch (1863-1944), And A Life-Long Friend Of Du Maurier. Indeed, Du Maurier Was Accompanied By Foy Quiller-Couch When She Became Inspired With The Storyline For Her Novel Jamaica Inn. In 1930, Apparently Around The Time Of The Present Letter, The Two Ladies Were Staying At Jamaica Inn And Went Riding On Bodmin Moor. They Became Lost In Bad Weather Conditions And Apparently Sheltered For Some Time In A Derelict Cottage On The Moor But Were Eventually Led Back To Jamaica Inn By Their Horses. The Work Which Du Maurier Refers To In The Present Letter Is Castle Dor, A Historical Novel Based Around The Legend Of Tristan And Iseult, But Set In 19Th Century Cornwall. The Main Characters Are A Breton Onion Seller, Amyot Trestane, And The Newly Wed Linnet Lewarne. Published In 1961, Du Maurier Completed The Unfinished Manuscript Of Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch'S Last Novel. Quiller-Couch'S Daughter, Foy, Had Given Her Blessing For Du Maurier To Complete The Work.] International Autograph Auctions' Autograph Auction September 2015 Saturday, 26th September 2015 Estimate: £200-300
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